By Michael McCarthy By Michael McCarthy | October 14, 2021 | Lifestyle
Two new venues, one in San Francisco and another in Monterey, provide plenty of incentive for getaways this fall.
The vibrant exterior of The Clancy, Autograph Collection
When a hotel opens with great anticipation, it’s news. When it opens in the middle of a pandemic, well, let’s call it delayed hospitality gratification. The 410-room Clancy, Autograph Collection, which opened a year ago, is now ready for its close-up—and bring your pooch. From a design and theme standpoint, the pet-friendly property in the heart of the SoMa neighborhood gives its biggest hosannas to the area’s arts and innovation.
The lobby bar
In addition to guest rooms with a modern aesthetic, visitors will notice an abundance of local art in public spaces, including mural installations by Allison Hueman Torneros (@hueman_) and Ian Ross (@ianrossart). A sculpture by Johanna Grawunder (@johannagrawunder) also graces the entryway.
Skyline views from one of the new property’s finely appointed rooms
Local partnerships also set The Clancy apart, as the minds behind the property want guests to have an authentic Bay Area experience and support companies that make the SoMa neighborhood thrive. Look for woman-owned Equator Coffees (@equatorcoffees); pastries, cakes, breads and croissants from Craftsman and Wolves (@craftsmanwolves); confections from Charles Chocolates (@charleschoco); healthy sips from Happy Moose Juice (@happymoosejuice); and single-serve cocktails like Moscow mule and gin highball from Mill Valley-based Salt Point (@saltpoint_co). So, while the grand opening might have been a little dampened, the property now reflects its neighborhood—ready to welcome guests who appreciate the things in life that are unabashedly quirky and perfectly refined. 299 Second St., 415.947.0700
The light-filled lobby lounge
While the world was hunkered down during the pandemic, the region’s largest conference hotel (think 40,000 square feet of meeting space) received a propertywide face-lift. The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa’s guest rooms and public spaces were reimagined; a new market, Central Coast Provisions, was added, and the Sea Root Restaurant & Hearth opened earlier this year.
Public spaces evoke a modern design aesthetic.
“The renovation restores the legacy of this iconic hotel through a distinctive design transformation and inviting outdoor amenities,” says Kevin Ellis, the property’s general manager. “Honoring the rich history of the property, Hyatt Regency Monterey pays homage to California’s natural beauty, golfing culture and Route 1 drive for the quintessential Monterey experience.”
Cozy fire pits at Sea Root restaurant
San Francisco-based design firm Gensler reinvented the iconic hotel with inspiration from Monterey’s natural landscape and the hotel’s Craftsman design (especially with a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright). Perhaps the most significant breakthrough in the new look is a seamless blending of indoor and outdoor spaces, which also offers gorgeous sightlines to the Del Monte golf course and the property’s 22 acres.
The lobby fireplace lounge at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
The kitchen team at Sea Root created a Mediterranean-inspired menu with dishes like crudo, tuna tartare and spicy lamb shank. Craft cocktails and dishes from the menu also can follow you anywhere on the property as part of so-called roam service: Order a chilly mai tai by the pool or a hot chocolate and s’mores for stargazing alongside the fire pits. It’s this level of customized service—complemented by exceptional new design—that makes a drive down Route 1 the smartest move of the season. 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, 831.372.1234
Colorful banquettes at Sea Root
Photography by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CLANCY, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION AND THE HYATT MONTEREY